It has happened. On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union after years of preparing.
What role can Brexit play in your life and business? We have collected all the important information for:
- UK citizens living abroad;
- EU citizens living in the UK;
- UK business holders;
- Anyone who is going to apply for UK citizenship.
Brexit: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the status of Brexit?
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Currently, Brexit is based on The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, covering such matters as citizens’ rights, finances, border arrangements, dispute resolution and details regarding the transition period.
What is the “transition period”?
The 11-month transition period (or the implementation period), started right after Brexit day, will last until 31 December 2020. During this time no changes will take place not for UK citizens neither for EU citizens. Britons will no longer be EU citizens, but they will still have the same rights they do now. The UK will continue to follow all the EU’s laws as well as economic agreements. Trade will continue to flow. The key changes will take place when the transition finishes at the year’s end; future steps are to be discussed.
What is “No deal Brexit”?
It’s one of the possible scenarios (but not a forecast). If the UK and the EU will not reach a formal exit agreement by the end of 2020, their future relationships are unclear. Yet it’s too early to make any predictions.
Will UK citizens need a visa for traveling in the EU?
Until December 31, 2020, travel between the UK and Europe will stay exactly the same as it was before. The most possible scenario for 2021 and later is that the UK to become part of the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). Under Etias visitors to the Schengen Area will have to obtain an authorization before their trip and pay a €7 fee.
I am an EU citizen. What do I need to do to continue living and working in 2021 and beyond in the UK?
No worries! The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to stay in the UK. Your close family members will also be able to join you.
Explore detailed info about it.
I’m a UK citizen. What do I need to do to continue living in the EU?
For this issue, Member States have prepared national contingency measures. There are no standard rules: each country will protect your residence rights in different ways. Find the country that interests you on our list.
Is my UK driving licence still valid outside the country?
Yes, during the transition period it’s valid for most EU countries, including Ireland. But after 2021 purchase of an International Driving Permit could be required for some countries, including France and Italy. The permit you may need depends on the country you’re visiting and the length of your stay.